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REPOST + Begging: Multiple Apps on UNIX?

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by GCG, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. GCG

    GCG Guest

    We originally posted this survey two days ago and have not received
    anywhere near the number of responses we desire. So we're upping the
    ante: for every 50 survey responses, we will give a $100 Amazon gift
    certificate to a randomly chosen participant. Given the odds of winning
    (1 in 50), the expected value of filling out the survey is $2 - not
    bad for less than a minutes worth of work. Those of you who have
    already responded are automatically entered into the drawing. Winners
    will be notified by email. With the abject begging out of the way,
    here's what we're trying to find out...

    Is anyone out there running multiple applications or databases on
    single UNIX systems? Is anyone using UNIX workload management and
    partitioning features to cut admin load, hit SLAs, reduce footprints,
    and/or, hopefully, cut costs? Our company, Gabriel Consulting Group, is
    running a survey to see if customers in the real world (i.e. you folks)
    are actually using these features or if the vendors are simply
    whistling in the dark. We would greatly appreciate your participation
    in our research project. To respond to our survey, please cut and paste
    this entire message into an email and send it (after marking your
    choices, of course) to .

    All respondees are entered in our $100 Amazon gift certificate drawing.
    We may wish to contact some of you for short follow-up phone
    interviews; these people will receive further compensation. We will
    hold all responses, email addresses, etc., strictly confidential and
    will under no circumstances disclose any identifying information to
    third parties. We hate spam just as much as you do. Now, on to the

    1. Please tell us which server families you predominately work with
    (rank from 1=most closely to 4=less closely)

    IBM AIX ________
    Sun Solaris ________
    HP, HP-UX ________
    HP, Tru64 ________
    Other ___________

    2. How big is your entire organization? (number of total employees)

    Under 500 ________
    500 to 1,500 ________
    1,500 to 5,000 ________
    5,000 + ____________

    3. In your organization, how many UNIX servers do you oversee or have
    some level of detailed knowledge about?

    Under 10 _________
    10 - 20 _________
    20 - 50 _________
    50 - 100 ________
    100 + ___________

    4. Of the UNIX servers you have knowledge of, how many are running more
    than one application or database on a single O/S instance or in
    multiple O/S instances on a single multi-processor SMP server?

    ________ None, virtually all of our UNIX systems run single
    applications only

    ________ Very few (10% or less)

    ________ Half of our UNIX servers are running multiple applications

    ________ More than half of our UNIX servers are running multiple

    Time to branch! If you answered "None" or "Very few" to
    question #4 above, move right on to question #5 below. If you answered
    "Half" or "More than half" to question #4 above, then proceed
    directly to the PARTING COMMENTS section below.

    5. Since you're still with us at question #5, you're organization
    does not run multiple UNIX applications on single systems, right? UNIX
    vendors have been talking a lot about this capability, and the benefits
    if can provide to customers, for the last couple of years. In the next
    set of questions, we would like to get a feel for why your data center
    has not adopted this new UNIX usage model. Next to each of the
    statements below, please let us know on a 1-5 scale if you agree that
    the statement explains why your organization does not run multiple
    applications on single UNIX servers...

    a) "Lack of knowledge and expertise, our vendors haven't supplied
    us with much info" ______ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    b) "We think combining apps on single servers will compromise
    availability" ________ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    c) "We don't understand how this can or will save money or
    management effort" ________ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    d) "Our UNIX apps are running well right now, we don't want to
    change anything" ________ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    e) "We simply don't have the cycles to make major changes right
    now" ________ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    f) "Where's the beef? What do we get out of this stuff?"
    ________ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    g) "UNIX operating systems/hardware are not sophisticated enough to
    run multiple apps" ________ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    h) "There's too much political BS in our organization, everyone
    owns their own servers and will not agree to move their app onto a box
    they don't own outright or have complete use of" ________
    (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)

    i) "UNIX management and accounting tools are not up to the task of
    metering individual app usage or making sure service levels are
    maintained" ________ (5=strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree)


    We know our simple survey won't capture everything you can tell us
    - so please give us any additional thoughts or comments you have on
    this issue. If we didn't ask a question we should have asked or asked
    a dumb question, here's where you can let us know.
    (Comments space)

    Remember to email your completed survey to


    Thank you again for participating in our survey, we appreciate your
    GCG, Jul 16, 2004
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  2. GCG

    Frank Cusack Guest

    Clearly, you don't.

    Frank Cusack, Jul 16, 2004
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